Do you feel trapped in the machine of excess? Jen Hatmaker was. Her friends were. And some might say that our culture is. Jen once considered herself unmotivated by the lure of prosperity, but upon being called "rich" by an undeniably poor child, evidence to the contrary mounted, and a social experiment turned spiritual journey was born. 7 is the true story of how Jen took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence.
Food. Clothes. Spending. Media. Possessions. Waste. Stress. Jen and her family would spend 30 days on each topic, boiling it down to the number seven. Only eat seven foods, wear seven articles of clothing, and spend money in seven places. Eliminate use of seven media types, give away seven things each day for one month, adopt seven green habits, and observe "seven sacred pauses".
So, what's the payoff from living a deeply reduced life? It's the discovery of a greatly increased God - a call toward Christlike simplicity and generosity that transcends a social experiment to become a radically better existence. 7 is funny, raw, and not a guilt trip in the making, so come along and consider what Jesus' version of rich, blessed, and generous might look like in your life.
©2012 Jen Hatmaker (P)2012 Oasis Audio Ltd
Jen Hatmaker is an incredible speaker. I wish the author had narrated the book herself. This narration has mispronunciations in a few places that are ridiculous. If the author is an amazing, successful speaker, why on earth not have the author narrate themselves?
Made me rethink many things about the way we live.
Mispronunciations. Her sarcasm is forced when the writer so clearly has an ease and comfort in her writing style. She's not Jen Hatmaker.
So many things it's impossible to write in this box.
Christians are just as likely to get sucked into the rat race and "American Dream" comparison game as everyone else. So what happens we stop and deliberately rest, purge, share, invest and tend the earth and our relationships? The short andwer: hard-won, so-worth-it beauty.
Jen Hatmaker's writing style is casual and conversational. It's self-deprecating and unconventionally honest. Even if that's not your way of processing the world, you'll still come away challenged and refreshed. Just as if you'd been talking with an old friend who gets you and the nature of flaws.
The honesty and the fact Jen laid it all out there.
Crazy Love, by Fances Chan.
This book is funny, thought provoking, at times challenging, and always brings the focus back to Jesus.
1) The incredible bluntness and truth that the author expressed.
2). The humor that was just twisted enough to be real but not calloused or rude.
3). The overall theme to live a life more fully focused and devoted to Jesus.
4). I couldn't wait to get time to listen to this book and I didn't want it to end! I really began to feel involved in the Hatmaker journey!
If you are contemplating the purchase of this book, I think most will find themselves on a lovely journey with Jen Hatmaker. Her awe and reverence for God, her intertwining of scripture, and her easy humor will surely make you glad you sat for a listen!
It opened my eye to the things I was viewing as "normal" and showed me what I really need to be focused on. I’m constantly wondering at the end of the week. What just happened? Did I get anything done? I was not enjoying life I was doing it. This book really shook me and there will be change in my life.
She described one of her friends and their relationship with television, and I realized I was doing the same thing. I do that! I can’t believe some else doses that that’s hysterical… then I realized how much of an idol it has become and that there needs to be change in that area of my life.
I loved this book! It makes you think about the way we (the average person) are living our lives. I recommend!
Inspirational, Motivational, and I can't narrow it down to three words! Jenn lovingly takes us on her journey of self-evaluation and testing, and she provides enough knowledge behind her decision making to give her reader a beginning knowledge base about each topic. She is candid in her struggles, and that inspires me to join her in evaluation of my lifestyle and in decreasing Self so that Christ can increase within me.
The story and idea is an excellent one if you are looking for a way to find a closer to connection to God.
The telling of how she came about the idea, and her experiences during the writing help to provide a good guideline to anyone who wishes to try the experiment, and for them to realize no one is perfect. the humor in the story had me laughing at points and really put in my mind that I could try this.
The narrator had a good voice that carried you along with out making your roll your eyes and wish it was over. as some books that are not actual stories sometimes do.
What an incredible ride! This book is phenomenal. The narrator is amazing and gets every word and inflection right.
This is a great lesson on excess and the book really made me think about how I live day to day. Do we really need to buy new things? Or do we just want them?
It made me think about others and the need to be a good neighbor.
This should be in every book club and given away as gifts.
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